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  1. To answer your question: "New Silver Good or Bad Idea?" I would say it really doesn't matter -- current mint (US or others) precious metal output for collectors will not have much of a difference in numismatic value no matter what % of precious metal content they want to play with. They will always be worth the bullion content when sold, assuming you can get someone to pay the spot price, plus whatever premium you can convince the buyer to pay for. You can assume the premium will stay as high as the day you buy it but you really won't know until you try to sell it. But of course, collect what makes you happy. I have a few modern mint products that I like because they have designs that appeal to me and I know I probably will lose some money when I eventually sell them but I'm Ok with that. But is that the lesson you want your kids to learn?
  2. I have a collection of coins featuring my sport.
  3. jgenn

    Tincture in Heraldry

    Fascinating! Thanks for another great journal entry.
  4. Nice thaler! I have a couple thalers from the Principality of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel as well as the Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg. You'll find many references to divisions and reunification of the smaller units of these domains, which accounts for the many divisions of the field in coat of arms. I think the central helmet represents the ancestor Duchy of Saxony -- it displays a galloping stallion that is featured in other coin designs of these areas. Good luck with your research and please share your results here!
  5. There is a great big world of beautiful coins out there (that don't have to feature the bust of an elite).
  6. Ok, I'm going to play the Devil's Advocate here, after really looking at what was being chased in this auction. I understand the "conditional rarity" of a proof-like rare coin and I also understand the drive to add a new and unusual coin to a custom type set. However, the visual appeal of "proof-like" would seem to be an important part of this. What visual appeal would really be added to such a basic design? With the exception of that starfish symbol, it's just a bunch of letters and numbers. Surely, you will be able to use those substantial funds to acquire a rare PL coin where the mirror-like surface complements the frosty devices of a handsome, if not downright beautiful design.
  7. Whichever way you go I hope you post here about your experience. I can't help much as I've only sold through the Heritage "buy from owner" program, open to any coins that you have won at Heritage. Many collectors recommend to sell on eBay, but you have to do the work (good photos from many angles, detailed descriptions and great customer service) to improve your odds of a better outcome. It's something I will try when I have more time to devote to it.
  8. I now have the envelope and it does not use the term "pistareen" so I now know it was the cataloger who used that less than appropriate description.
  9. That's a wonderful collage, Gary. At first glance it looks to be accurate to the scale of the individual coins. That must have been difficult to assemble.
  10. jgenn

    So… Why the Rooster?

    Thanks for the informative post! I'm a fan of secular imagery, myself.
  11. January has been an exciting month for me as I was waiting for months for several coins in several different auctions (fortunately on different days). I told my wife the other day that I felt a big relief that the waiting for those lots has finally passed. I'm sorry you couldn't get that coin at a price you felt comfortable with but at least the pressure is over -- for now (there is another 62 PL out there).
  12. For information on that Mansfeld thaler you might try sending a private message directly to mansfeld01. And member Taler Universe has an exceptional collection of Austrian thalers and will likely be able to answer those questions.
  13. Not to sound flippant but the internet is likely your best resource. I have found so many interesting things about the thalers, and other world crowns that I have collected, from diverse, on-line sources. Other forum members, especially those that can do research in languages other than English, are invaluable. On my last Journal entry I commented about trying to research the symbol that the Dutch call "vuurijzers" and some great forum members (on other forums) were incredibly helpful. Welcome to the forum and please post some info and photos of your thalers, and any questions you may have, here.
  14. Gary, I think you have a great plan for continuing in this hobby. I am just a few years younger than you but I was asked to switch to part-time two years ago. I was afraid it would be half time but after the dust settled it has become 80% which is fine by me. I've only been serious about collecting for the last 10 years and with retirement coming soon I have become more focused on what I collect. This January I finally got two coins which I think will complete the last set I plan to work on, although as a custom set it can still grow a little if opportunity knocks.
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    That’s No Angel

    Here's an écu from my collection featuring the "winged genius" as well as the king of France -- clearly a transitional period. Louis XVI was called Citizen Louis Capet during the four months before his appointment with the guillotine. He was beheaded on January 21st, 1793 so this coin was possibly minted during the brief period of that year when he was still alive.
  16. This coin caught my attention, when it came up for auction recently, and I checked on the type in CoinFacts wiki and read that the obverse legend for this daalder included Philip's title as King of England. With a little more research, I can say that the July 25th, 1554 marriage of Queen Mary of England to King Philip of Spain brought about a short period where Philip gained the title of King of England and Ireland and was deemed co-ruler by an Act of Parliament. The terms of the marriage agreement limited Philip's reign to the duration of the marriage -- it lasted until Mary's death in 1558 upon which the throne went to her half-sister, Elizabeth I. As far as I can tell, coins using Philip's title as King of England are limited to a few issues from the Spanish ruled provinces of the Netherlands. This interesting history plus the fact that I did not have a Spanish Empire crown from the reign of Philip II sealed the deal so I've added it to my crowns of the world collection. Obverse: Armored bust of Philip II, legend PHS D G HISP ANG Z REX COMES FLAN 1558 (Philippus dei gratia Hispaniarum Angliae etc rex comes Flandriae -- Philip by the grace of God King of Spain and England, Count of Flanders) Reverse: Crowned coat of arms of Philip II over the Burgundian cross, golden fleece below between a pair fire irons* emitting sparks, legend DOMINVS MICHI ADIVTOR (dominus michi adivtor -- Lord my helper) *Jean Elsen catalog listings consistently call these "vuurijzers" which translates to fire irons, the iron implement struck by flint to start a fire. ~jack edited: to correct the translation of vuurijzers
  17. I look forward to reading your future posts on this topic. As for me, I'm in too far to do a reset now (or to put in another way, the bitter taste of my realized financial losses would likely keep me away for good). My major mistakes were underestimating how deeply I would end up exploring this hobby and not having a solid collection goal in mind from the start. They are sort of connected in that if I had foreseen how much I would end up spending, I certainly would have done a better job at focusing my collection efforts. But my experiences trying to fill Whitman coin albums as a kid did not provide a good guide for the adult with actual disposable income. This great hobby attracts those that only search through circulating coins to those that invest in coins as an asset class with lots of room in-between. To me, enjoying this hobby means finding a comfortable spot in that spectrum that accommodates both your budget and numismatic interest. Are you starting from scratch, having sold your earlier collection or will you bring a legacy collection forward?
  18. Fortunately, Heritage's Director of Numismatics saw my post (not on this forum, obviously) and had the catalog team check for it and that's where it was found. Thanks Sarah!
  19. I don't have any information about the hoard but I can point out two things about the holder that might interest you. The seven digit number before the hyphen is the invoice number and larger numbers generally mean they were encapsulated more recently. The three digit number after the hyphen is the number of the specific item on the invoice. In this case there were at least 112 items on the same invoice. If all of the items on the invoice were coins from this hoard than you know there were at least 112 of them. By submitting other numbers into the NGC certification form you can see what else might be part of this hoard.
  20. After my last update, I though I would try to see if I could determine the position of the nice person who called be about the missing envelope. It turns out it was Heritage's Director of Numismatics. She mentioned that she would ask the catalog group to conduct a search and just tonight she called back to say they found it and will be shipping it out ASAP. Thank you, Sarah! I'll post a picture of the envelope when it arrives. Gary, it sounds like your early retirement has become a reality. I hope you got a nice golden parachute!
  21. Again, we know you want to take the easy way out and sell it all at once, but no-one is going to take the risk of buying an uncertified lot at anywhere near your expected evaluation. That has nothing to do with being reputable, that's just the way the business works when dealing with big lots. It's kinda like the folks that advertise that they will buy your house for cash -- whatever they offer will include a deduction for the risk that your house has lots of hidden problems. Since this is becoming a popular thread let me jump on my soapbox for a moment -- if you are a passionate collector, please realize that your heirs will most likely not have the same passion for your hobby. Do everyone a favor and make a plan to sell off your collection so that you won't burden your heirs with this responsibility.
  22. I posted a summary of this to several other forums and although it's only been a few days I have already got some attention. I received a nice phone message from a Heritage representative who said they would launch another investigation into this.
  23. I would not start that way. To help maximize value I suggest that you send the most valuable ($100+) coins to a third party grader for grading and encapsulation. That portion will be much easier to sell as separate items. Also separate at the low value end -- that set is probably best sold as a bulk lot or donated to your relative's favorite coin club. The in between group could be separated by country, century, silver/non-silver or whatever makes sense.
  24. I wonder what her blog said about that?